From the beginning of 2018, a demonstration plant of ChainCraft in the Amsterdam port area will generate a million kilograms of fatty acids per year from the digestion of vegetable waste and subsequent processing. The first market for this is animal feed. The organic residues have an antimicrobial effect on the gastrointestinal tract of chickens, goats, pigs and cattle, thereby reversing the controversial use of antibiotics.
In addition to this application, the fatty acids may be used as additives in lubricants, paints, glue, coatings and packaging materials.
The circular products of ChainCraft based on biomass significantly reduce current CO2 emissions. The fatty acids in question are butter acid, capron acid and caprylic acid, which are now mostly made from fossil oil and palm oil. Both sources are harmful to the environment. The process is based on a patent from 2007 and has been used in a pilot plant in Amsterdam since 2014.